You’ve probably read an affirmation or noted down a spiritual quote or two, but have you ever delved into the world of spiritual poetry? These powerful meditations and poetic reflections from Steve Taylor are designed to comfort, inspire, and gently bring us out of the hectic day-to-day and back to our true, essential, and authentic selves.
The Only Place
When the future is full of dread
and the past is full of regret
where can you take refuge except in the present?
When maelstroms of tormenting thoughts
push back the barricades of your sanity
the present is the calm centre where you can rest.
And slowly, as you rest there,
the niggling thoughts and fears dissolve
like shadows shrinking under the midday sun
until you don’t need refuge anymore.
The present is the only place
where there is no thought-created pain.
The present is the only place.
How will you know how strong you are
unless your strength is tested?
How will you know how deep you are
unless turmoil breaks your surface
and forces you to dive?
How will you know what sleeps inside
until the whole of you is challenged to wake up?
Then you’ll turn inside to gather your resources
your untapped reserves of strength and skill
then rise like a sun, amazed by your own brightness,
stronger than you ever suspected
deeper than you ever dreamed.
THESE POEMS HAVE BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THE CALM CENTER BY STEVE TAYLOR, £12.99, NEW WORLD LIBRARY.
About the author
Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’